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Voted: Most Trusted UK Theatre Critic 2018

Lyn Gardner

“I am looking forward to once again being able to seek out all that is most interesting and surprising in London theatre.”
Cutting-edge theatre recommendations and writing from the UK’s most trusted critic.
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Every week, Lyn will be sharing her recommendations on the Stagedoor app. Sometimes these will feature shows on the West End. Sometimes they’ll be on the Fringe. They’ll always be exciting.
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Lyn’s recommendations will be joined by longer, thematic articles commenting on the latest trends in how theatre is being made – and what we’re making theatre about.
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Articles by Lyn Gardner

Hadestown: Definitely not a love story by Lyn Gardner cover photo
Hadestown: Definitely not a love story
The National has always had better luck with musicals the more off-beat they have been.
New Diorama: inventing the future by Lyn Gardner cover photo
New Diorama: inventing the future
The value of a theatre lies not just in the work it does for itself — effectively, the shows that the team have a yen to produce — but in what it does for everybody else.
It’s grim and getting grimmer by Lyn Gardner cover photo
It’s grim and getting grimmer
The Doomsday Clock stands at two minutes to midnight. Scientists have warned that we have 12 years to avert climate change disaster. But still we sleepwalk towards catastrophe, taking no responsibility. We assume, like children, that the grown-ups—the scientists and the policy-makers—will save us.
All the dead voices: how are we remembering the Great War 100 years on? by Lyn Gardner cover photo
All the dead voices: how are we remembering the Great War 100 years on?
In Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Estragon and Vladimir talk about “all the dead voices” which they hear. The dead, they say, make a noise like wings, like leaves, like sand.
Babies on stage: we shouldn’t coo, but we do. by Lyn Gardner cover photo
Babies on stage: we shouldn’t coo, but we do.
How often do you see a pregnant woman on stage?
Young Vic 2019: plenty to get excited for by Lyn Gardner cover photo
Young Vic 2019: plenty to get excited for
As Rufus Norris has discovered at the National Theatre, taking over as Artistic Director from a regime that has been seen as a huge success is not always a bowl of cherries. Mostly what audiences and critics want is more of the same.
Why I joined Stagedoor by Lyn Gardner cover photo
Why I joined Stagedoor
Some claim that theatre criticism is in crisis but I reckon it is simply changing in response to the disruptions of recent years.
Liberating Shakespeare from a culture of awed reverence by Lyn Gardner cover photo
Liberating Shakespeare from a culture of awed reverence
Nobody would dispute that it is an honour to be the theatre culture that produced the playwright who many agree is the greatest that the world has ever seen. But it can also be a bit of a burden.
Ducking the truth by Lyn Gardner cover photo
Ducking the truth
"One of the beauties of Icke’s production is its ability to continually deceive and then flaunt the truth in front of us"